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Frank Lampard transfer plans must put Everton future ahead of sentiment

Decision time is approaching for Frank Lampard and Everton. By the second Saturday in June, under Premier League rules, clubs must release their shortlisted and published lists. While perhaps more relevant for lower league clubs where players tend to have shorter-term contracts, Lampard has a number of issues to address.

Fabian Delph, Jonjoe Kenny, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Cenk Tosun and Andy Lonergan are all out of contract, while Donny van de Beek and forgotten man Anwar El Ghazi have completed their loan spells at the club. All of these stars combine to earn over £400,000 a week in wages, according to various reports.

Despite the unforgettable night at Goodison Park against Crystal Palace and the magical scenes that accompanied the Toffees’ late-season survival push, it is arguably time for Lampard to be brutal in his contract decisions with players. There is no room for sentiment or getting carried away with end-of-season joy as the former England international looks to rejuvenate and rebuild his squad to ensure Everton are never faced again. to the situation he has experienced this year.

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